Movies That Only Make Sense If You're Stoned

Even the most unseasoned stoner, who claims that they don't inhale, knows that watching a movie in the comfort of your home is an ideal activity do while getting a little (or a lot) high. Sure, everyone has their go-to bong-rip flick, but maybe it's time to give Dazed and Confused, Friday, and Pineapple Express a break. There are a slew of other flicks you probably watched sober, that would make a hell of a lot more sense (and possibly more enjoyable) when you're stoned:

Spice World

What did they want, what did they really really want? Hash, apparently.

This is an ideal movie for the millennial stoner who is all about their '90s childhood. If you begged your parents to take you to see this movie when you were 10 years old, and you claim that you actually understood the plot as a pre-teen, you're probably lying. Just like how you lied about how you made out with someone at summer camp that year.

There are probably a dozen or so storylines throughout the film, and they're all barely held together by a piece of previously chewed gum from Baby Spice. The Spice Girls travel on a decked-out double-decker bus driven by Meat Loaf, that's five times the size of a "large" apartment in Brooklyn, all while having to deal with crazed fans, a non-famous friend who is pregnant and alone, an abusive tour manager who wants too much from the group, and the paparazzi who is trying to stop them. Fans of Family Guy will appreciate the constant use of cutaway gags. There's also a scene with an alien encounter that was probably included for Mary Jane purveyors in mind.

Donnie Darko

This 2001 Richard Kelly indie cult classic really isn't meant to be watched sober. However, watching Donnie Darko while high will definitely yield different results depending on several factors, including: what strain you're enjoying, if you're using edibles instead of smoking, and how many times you've seen this movie prior to committing to watching it while under the influence.

In his breakout performance, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a bit of a weird, loner teenager living and dealing with late 1980s suburbia. One day, he's lead outside by a mysterious being named Frank (wearing a creeptastic bunny suit that wouldn't be out of place in Slipknot), and is told that in 28 days, the world is going to end. Two things are for certain when you watch this movie: you will either erupt in a burst of laughter, or hide under your couch when Frank the Bunny pops up on screen. Either way, you will cry when you hear the eerie cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World."

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck is a movie for folks who watch Ted while smoking it up, but are feeling a little retro when it comes to flicks about rude, anthropomorphic, talking animals. Based on the Marvel comic series of the same name, Howard is a cigar-chomping, rude duck, who lives on Duckworld and is sent to Earth.

Any bad movie from this era of cinema is better to watch when you're blitzed, but Howard the Duck isn't just a bad movie in regards to plot and cheap jokes, but it's downright traumatic if you try to analyze it while sober. If you haven't seen it, all we'll say is that yes, Howard does engage in sexual activities with a human. And yet, somehow, the relization that this movie cost George Lucas more to produce than Return of the Jedi makes even less sense.

Enter the Void

Director Gaspar Noé famously stated that his 2009 film Enter the Void was heavily influenced by his own drug use. Shot mostly in first-person, Enter the Void is loosely about an American drug dealer living with his stripper sister in Tokyo. The Village Voice told their readers that, if you want to experience what it's like to hallucinate on drugs but you're sober, watch this movie.

If you've never seen this movie and you're going to watch it while on the green stuff, be prepared. Without getting into too much gross detail, here are several scenes in Enter the Void that will have you throwing up the three Taco Bell chalupas you consumed earlier in the evening.


In this 2010 Christopher Nolan film, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief with a unique specialty: he steals thoughts. Basically, the movie is about dreaming, and the different layers of said dreams. Although we prefer the South Park parody to the actual movie, watching Inception while Cheech and Chong'd will result in some great post-viewing discussions with your buddies about how the movie is basically like a Turducken, but like, with your dreams, thoughts, and desires. You'll also probably be not as high after, though, because the movie is two-and-a-half hours long. That's a lot of brownies.

Sausage Party

On the surface, you know an animated movie about talking food living in a grocery store, written by Seth Rogen at that, is going to be a stoner film. In truth, however, it's a movie that you not only need to be high to get, but also to finish. While sober, even someone who doesn't consider themselves woke will likely feel uncomfortable with the gross stereotypes throughout the film.

If you've written off this movie because of those things, consider watching it while on the fun stuff — after all, you'll be a bit more relaxed, and you might even pick up on the oddly religious tone of the movie. You'll also never look at food the same way again and, depending on your emotional state, you might have guilt wash over you when you start thinking about when you chowed down on a 7-Eleven hot dog back in 2005.

Little Otik

Maybe you're into watching fantasy movies when you're weeded out, but you're sick of watching Lord of the Rings for the millionth time. Why not try Little Otik AKA Greedy Guts, a 2001 Czech film (you'll have to read subtitles, so don't let your eyes go too bloodshot) about a couple who has a hard time conceiving, so they decide to raise a tree stump that looks like a baby. The tree stump somehow becomes alive and develops an appetite that would impress Joey Chestnut (the 70-hot-dogs-in-ten-minutes guy). Otik even takes a page out of Alf's biography, and eats the family cat. This is why cats get petrified whenever they're stuck in a tree.

The premise of the movie is bizarre, to say the least, and we're not even talking about the baby tree stump, because it's easy to believe talking tree characters. Everyone loves Groot, and Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas gave some great advice, but Little Otik is downright creepy. Plus, he's really not a good baby tree. He should be grounded, or in his case, chopped up into toothpicks.


Rubber is a movie that's all but impossible to get while sober, and it probably won't make much little more sense while stoned. Maybe that's the point, though, that it doesn't have a meaning? That might be hard to grasp when you're wacked out and trying to find a deep philosophical meaning to everything, even a film about a sentient, rogue tire who goes on a killing spree. Ridiculous? Yes, but the tire actually gives quite the performance. (It was sadly snubbed during award season, however.)

During the opening scene of Quentin Dupieux's low-budget (but well-shot) 2010 film, a group of people are in a desert about to watch a film, presumably the one you're watching. A sheriff appears and breaks the fourth wall by going on a tangent about how sometimes things that happen in movies and in life have no reason. Does that sound like something you would say while taking a night-long potty break? Bingo.

Super High Me

The plot of this 2008 documentary is pretty easy to understand. Comedian/stoner Doug Benson does what Morgan Spurlock did by eating McDonald's in Super Size Me, but with pot in place of Big Macs. Basically, Benson goes clean for 30 days, and then goes on an epic month-long pot party.

Sure, you can watch this movie when you're sober and perfectly understand it, but what sober person wants to watch a stoner have a good time? It's way more fun to watch and partake in the bake along with Benson. There's even some educational plot twists regarding pot's effects on the body, that might make you want to go back to your old middle school and curse out the police officer who ran the D.A.R.E. program and acted like one joint was worse than fifteen pounds of heroin.

Sharknado (all of them)

Let's go straight to the top of the made-for-SyFy movie food chain, take a nice bong hit, pop open a fresh, family-size bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (or Nacho, if you like) and go on a journey with Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard as they deal with sharks coming from the sky.

When watching the first Sharknado film which came out in 2013, you'll die laughing at the ridiculousness, and probably mention how you still think Tara Reid is kinda sorta hot, then you'll get angry about how director Anthony C. Ferrante went the easy route by putting sharks in space in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. By the fourth film, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, you're upset with yourself because you can't get your screenplay even looked at by an agent, yet this bad-on-purpose franchise about tornadoes made out of sharks exists, survives, and thrives. By this time you won't be high, but rather extremely depressed and self-loathing.